Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson thinks his crew can succeed with out Caris LeVert.
They took step one towards proving it Friday evening.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-best 25 factors, D’Angelo Russell had 23, and the Nets beat the Wizards, 115-104, in Washington for his or her first win since LeVert’s ugly foot damage.
“It feels good because of those circumstances,” Atkinson mentioned. “You want to confirm that we can still be a good team. We love Caris, we miss him, but we’ve got some good players in that locker room.”
LeVert is the Nets’ main scorer however suffered what was initially feared to be a season-ending damage on Monday. Doctors discovered no fractures, although, and he was anticipated to keep away from surgical procedure and return later this season from a dislocated foot.
Jarrett Allen had 16 factors and 12 rebounds in his return after lacking two video games due to sickness. The Nets had misplaced 5 straight in Washington and ended a three-game slide over all.
“Having his rim protection just changes the equation,” Atkinson mentioned of Allen. “I thought we were excellent defending the rim tonight.”
Dwight Howard scored a season-high 25 factors for the Wizards earlier than fouling out within the fourth quarter. He additionally grabbed 17 rebounds as Washington did not win its fourth straight.
Bradley Beal scored 20 factors, and John Wall had 16. But the All-Star backcourt duo mixed to shoot solely 14 for 38 on an evening Washington went Three of 17 from past the arc, posting season lows in makes and makes an attempt.
KNICKS FADE IN 4TH QUARTER Anthony Davis scored a season-high 43 factors and grabbed 17 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame an 11-point deficit within the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Knicks, 129-124.
The Knicks fell to a fourth straight loss after controlling practically all however the remaining six minutes of the sport.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 30 factors, and Trey Burke had 24 on 10-of-13 capturing for the Knicks. They led by as many as 19 factors within the first half earlier than shedding for the sixth time in seven video games.
NUGGETS HIRE W.N.B.A.’S BIRD Sue Bird, a four-time Olympic champion with the United States crew and an 11-time W.N.B.A. All-Star, has joined the front-office employees of the Denver Nuggets, the crew mentioned Friday.
Bird, who may have the title of basketball operations affiliate, lately wrapped up her 16th season within the W.N.B.A., during which she earned her 11th All-Star nod and her third league championship. She has spent her whole skilled profession with the Seattle Storm. She will proceed enjoying professionally whereas working with the Nuggets.
“We are very excited to have Sue join our organization,” mentioned Tim Connelly, the Nuggets’ president of basketball operations. “Her résumé certainly speaks for itself, and as a still active player, she will offer an extremely unique perspective.”
As a collegiate participant, Bird received two nationwide titles with Connecticut earlier than being chosen first over all by Seattle within the 2002 W.N.B.A. draft.
She ranks first within the W.N.B.A. in profession video games (508), first in profession minutes performed (16,173), first in assists (2,831), third in factors (6,154), third in Three-pointers (855) and fifth in steals (652).
“I’m really excited to join the Denver Nuggets organization,” Bird mentioned. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to learning from some of the best.”
Bird will not be the primary prime W.N.B.A. participant to land a job with an N.B.A. crew. Since 2014, Becky Hammon has been an assistant to San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich.
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